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Wild Potato (Solanum fendleri)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wild Potato
Solanum fendleri
Solanaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The raw tubers have been used in the treatment of gastric distress due to hyperacidity[257].

  • Edible Use

    Tubers – raw or cooked[2, 46, 61]. Rich in starch, the tubers can be dried and ground into a powder then used in making bread[257]. A type of potato, it is said to be pleasant eating, tasting somewhat like a sweet chestnut[183]. When eaten raw the potatoes are mixed with clay[161]. One report says that, after every mouthful of raw potato, a person would take a bite f white clay to counteract the unpleasant astringent effect of the potato in the mouth[257]. The roots are fairly small, averaging about 15mm in diameter[2].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many if not all the members have poisonous leaves and sometimes also the unripe fruits.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into a fairly rich compost as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on fast. Plant them out after the last expected frosts. Division. Harvest the tubers in autumn after the top-growth has been cut back by frost. Store the tubers in a cool frost-free place overwinter and replant in April.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed in Britain. This plant is a N. American species of potatoes and it can probably be grown in much the same way as potatoes are grown. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in most soils[1]. Dislikes wet or heavy clay soils[16, 37]. Prefers a slightly acid soil, the tubers are subject to scab on limy soils or those deficient in humus. Yields best on a fertile soil rich in organic matter.
South-western N. America.

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